Let’s face it – some of us are morning people, and some of us would just rather sleep.
Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to have a better morning, one that’s more productive and fills you with energy.
Our Top 5 Tips to Improve Your Mornings and Your Health
These habits are great for your health and could add up to a better day:
1. Hydrate with Water, Not Coffee
Most of us to reach for our coffee mugs every morning, but this isn’t the greatest habit to nurture.
Why? Many reasons:
If you buy an expensive coffee drink every morning, the cost adds up.
Coffee has high amounts of caffeine, and your body can become caffeine-dependent.
If you take your coffee with cream, milk, sugar, or other sweeteners, those extra calories add up.
If one cup of coffee in the morning is enough to get you going, that’s probably fine. But, if you start chugging coffee at 8 a.m. and don’t stop until the end of your day, something is off.
A better morning habit?
Drink a glass of water with lemon in it after you wake up. It will hydrate your body, refresh you, and help flush out your system.
2. Stretch Your Muscles
If you wake up feeling stiff, a good stretching session can help loosen you up, wake you up, and send beneficial oxygen and nutrients through your body.
Start with a 5-10-minute session each morning including easy stretches.
3. Use an Electric Toothbrush to Clean Your Teeth
Crunched for time in the mornings? Streamline your routine by using an electric toothbrush versus a manual one.
An electric toothbrush is better at plaque removal than regular toothbrushes.
It does it in less time, too – that means a quick brush will get your teeth clean. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, electric toothbrushes eliminate 21% more dental plaque and are better at reducing gingivitis.
4. Men: Shave Your Back
Guys, if you have a hairy back, this tip is for you. If your grooming routine doesn’t include shaving your back, it should. Here’s why:
The act of shaving makes you feel productive, fresh, and ready to face the day.
Did you know shaving helps remove bacteria from your skin’s surface? It’s true: Shaving equals a cleaner you.
Shaving is also a great way to exfoliate the skin, which can keep it looking younger and blemish-free.
The same logic applies to your facial hair, too. Even if you’re feeling groggy, don’t skip shaving in the morning!
5. Don’t Check Your Phone When You Wake Up
Your phone alarm wakes you. Instead of getting out of bed, you open a social media app and start scrolling. You waste 30 minutes mindlessly browsing your phone, and now you’re going to be late for work.
Your phone is a huge time-waster, especially if you reach for it first-thing. Instead, get into the habit of ignoring your phone in favor of one of the healthy habits on this list. You’ll thank yourself later.
Look Forward to Mornings Again
Once you start adding healthy routines to your morning, you’ll wake up on the bright side much more often.
What’s the first healthy habit you’re excited to start practicing?